BCC Softball Team Crowned 2010 NJCAA Division III National Champs

Posted in Brookdale on May 23, 2010 by bccstall

For the third time in five years, the Brookdale Community College softball team has been crowned NJCAA National Champions.  The Jersey Blues, who previous earned titles in 2002 and 2005, defeated top-ranked Monroe (NY) 6-3.

Brookdale started the day off with a bang, as Sam Dugan (Middletown North) stretched her tournament hit-streak intact with a single in the top of the first inning. Tracey Stern (Shore Regional)then belted a two-run homerun, her 13th of the year, to give the Jersey Blues a 2-0 advantage.

Monroe tried to turn the momentum in their favor, with two runners on in the bottom of the second inning, but the attempt was no good, as  right fielderAmanda Svenson (Middletown North) fired a strike to catcher Christina Masitti (Freehold Township) to throw the baserunner out at home.

The Jersey Blues continued the tempo and scored three more runs in the third inning thanks in part to yet another clutch hit by Dugan, who led off the inning with a double.  Stern then earned a base on balls, and pitcher Kerilyn Svenson (Raritan Valley) reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Sam Deixler (Southern Regional). Deixler, known for her heavy bat, contributed right on cue, blasting a two-run double to score both Dugan and Stern.

Monroe then began to battle back, scoring a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to cut the lead 5-3 heading into the final inning.

The Jersey Blues added insurance in the top of the seventh, as Deixler recorded her third RBI of the day by scoring K. Svenson, who reached on an error.

K. Svenson pitched a complete game, and earned her fourth win of the tournament.  For her efforts she was named the NJCAA Division III National tournament MVP.

Deixler finished the night three-for-four with three RBIs.  Deixler and K. Svenson, along with Dugan and Masitti were named to the All-Tournament team, while head coach Bo Scannapieco was named the National Coach of the Year.

Brookdale finished the 2010 campaign with an overall record of 45-10.


Lady Blues Head To National Championship With 3-1 Win Over Itasca

Posted in Brookdale, Sports on May 22, 2010 by bccstall

In a pitchers dual, Kerilyn Svenson (Raritan Valley) showed why she was voted the Region XIX Player of the Year, as Brookdale (44-10) earned a spot in the NJCAA Division III softball title game with a 3-1 win over Itasca (51-6).

“The first five innings lasted 40 minutes, so that will tell you how great both pitchers were today,” Brookdale head coach Bo Scannapieco commented. “It was an all-around awesome softball game.”

Svenson pitched a complete game, striking out six and scattering four hits while allowing only one earned run.

The freshman righty had just enough run support, though, as the Jersey Blues would strike first in the bottom of the fourth.  Tracey Stern (Shore Regional) was the Blues’ first base runner, with a single to start the inning.  After a heads-up base running move – tagging up on a foul ball – to advance to second, sophomore catcher Christina Masitti (Freehold Twp.) hit a  grounder that the second baseman couldn’t handle, to plate Stern and give the Blues the 1-0 advantage.

Then, in the bottom of the fifth, freshman left fielder Vanessa Flores (Wall) hit a rocket to left-center for her first extra-base hit of the tournament and was advanced to third by a Kara Kelsey (Middletown North) sacrifice.  Sam Dugan (/Middletown North), who has recorded an RBI in each game this tournament, singled to bring Flores home, to increase the Blues’ lead to 2-0.

Itasca would put up its lone run in the top of the sixth inning, off of an Emma Nelson RBI double, but Brookdale would get that back with an RBI single by Sam Deixler (Southern Regional) to score Amanda Svenson (Middletown North)

Svenson would then retire the side in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

Silverstein & Emery’s “Scream Like You Mean It 2010” Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Music on May 20, 2010 by bccstall

July 8, 2010 Sayreville, NJ, US @ Starland Ballroom
July 9, 2010 Detroit, MI, US @ St. Andrews Hall
July 10, 2010 Chicago, IL, US @ The Metro
July 11, 2010 St. Paul, MN, US @ Station 4
July 13, 2010 Denver, CO, US @ The Summit Music Hall
July 14, 2010 Salt Lake City, UT, US @ The Complex
July 16, 2010 Seattle, WA, US @ El Corazon
July 17, 2010 Portland, OR , US @ Hawthorne Theatre
July 18, 2010 Orangevale, CA, US, @ Club Retro
July 20, 2010 Los Angeles, CA, US @ House Of Blues
July 21, 2010 Anaheim, CA, US @ House Of Blues
July 22, 2010 San Diego, CA, US @ Soma
July 23, 2010 Tempe, AZ, US @ Marquee Theatre
July 25, 2010 Dallas, TX, US @ The Palladium
July 26, 2010 San Antonio, TX, US @ White Rabbit
July 27, 2010 Austin, TX, US @ Emo’s
July 28, 2010 Houston, TX, US @ Warehouse Live
July 30, 2010 Orlando, FL, US @ Club Firestone
July 31, 2010 St. Petes, FL, US @ State Theatre
August 1, 2010 Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade
August 3, 2010 Baltimore, MD, US @ Rams Head Live
August 4, 2010 Philly, PA, US @ Trocadero Theatre
August 5, 2010 NY, NY, US @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
August 6, 2010 Worcester, MA, US @ The Palladium
August 7, 2010 Hartford, CT, US @ Webster Theatre
August 8, 2010 Lancaster, PA, US @ Chameleon Club

Stall Web Exclusive-Ready To Give It “All” by Allan Peters

Posted in Brookdale, Music on May 19, 2010 by bccstall

Chris Canberg, a 19-year-old, undecided , second semester student, is not only the lead singer but also the rhythm guitarist of Manalapan’s up and coming band, All Of A Kind.  The band’s roots date back to eighth grade when Canberg started writing songs for his own pleasure.  These songs were not recorded until years later when the band was formed.

In seventh grade, Canberg started experimenting on the drums.  He was always involved in different kinds of music competitions and talent shows.  This was when Canberg realized how deep his love for music really was.  Even though he was good on the drums, he wanted to maximize his talent so he decided to take up playing the guitar.  Messing around on his father’s old guitar seemed natural to the talented songwriter, but he wanted to be the best he could be.

It wasn’t until an old friend came along that Canberg realized just what he was capable of musically. Franco Sulfaro, a friend of Cranberg’s since early childhood, helped Canberg when it came time to combine the lyrics with music. Sulfaro, an extremely gifted guitarist, also was a natural when it came to making music.  Once Cranberg heard the riffs Sulfaro could play and with the music he had been writing for many years, the pair instantly meshed and so All of a Kind was born.

Just some of the bands influences are a variety of heavy metal, pop and punk music, including Fall Out Boy and Slipknot.

Canberg describes his music as having a positive feel.  “I hate using the word ‘emo,’ but it’s very metamorphic. Not in a loathing way, but more of an optimistic way.”  Canberg explained that his first single, “A Young Heart Against a One-Way Street” is based on a hidden message of always believing.  In his case, believing in the band and prospering.  Anther song, “Dumbstruck,” in a way is “calling out for us to come together,” and is based on a falling out of friendship of an old friend he wishes he didn’t lose touch with.

At the moment, All of a Kind only consists of the two members, but they are not letting that hold them back.  Canberg explained that when the right bassist and drummer come along, the band will be complete, but until then they will push forward with their skills and continue to make meaningful music.  It is important to both Canberg and Sulfaro that their future bandmates not only are good at what they do, but they also must be good people in general.

Their recording studio, based in Manhattan’s financial district is a metaphor of the greatness to come from this talented band.  Paul Falcone of PJF Music Productions told the group, “You guys could be making killer records one day,” a very positive backing from a man who has an eye for talent.

At the moment Canberg is focusing most of his attention on college and preparing to get his diploma so he has something to fall back on should he need it.  But their ultimate goal is to one day, be making music professionally.  “Nobody has any clue what will happen tomorrow, let alone a couple of years from now.  For all I know, this band could succeed in a few years or even a few hours.  It might not be for a long time but I’m going into it being fully aware of the fact.”

When asked what advice he would you give others looking to start their own band Cranberg offered, “Believe in yourself and have heart.  Be confident in you and your band but not cocky.”

Their album, “Clean Slate,” can be heard on their Myspace page, which is www.myspace.com/allofakindmusic

The Gaslight Anthem Announce Summer Tour Dates

Posted in Music on May 15, 2010 by bccstall

15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

14 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
16 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
17 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
20 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
22 – San Jose, CA – “Music in the Park Series”
24 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
26 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
27 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
28 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
29 – Philadelphia, PA – Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
31 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s

01 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

Brookdale Men’s Tennis Currently In Second Place at National Championship

Posted in Brookdale, Sports on May 13, 2010 by bccstall

Entering the third and final day of competition at the NJCAA National men’s tennis tournament, Brookdale currently sits in second place with 26.5 points, trailing Gloucester who has 27.5.

Three of the nine Jersey Blues’ entrants are still alive with number one singles Tom Wolski (Watchung Hills), number six singles Dillon Bunt (RFH) and the number one doubles team of Wolski and Nils Svenson (Middletown South) all playing in the championship match tomorrow.

Wolski, who was down 3-5 in his semifinal match and rallied for six straight points for the win, will face a Kingsborough (NY) opponent in the opening round which began at 8:00 a.m. (CST).

A late-season addition to the lineup at the number six spot, Bunt defeated the top-seeded entrant in the semifinals and will now face Region XIX champ Ed Thompson from Gloucester.

Wolski and Svenson will play toe-to-toe against intra-region rivals Matt Pierson and Jason Bielski.  The previous time the two doubles faced each other was in the semifinals of the Region XIX tournament, where Mercer came out victorious went on to win the Region XIX title.

Singles matches began at 8:00 a.m. (CST) and doubles will start at 11:00 a.m. (CST).

The Only Book You’ll Ever Need About Vampires……And No It’s Not Twilight

Posted in Literature, Reviews on May 12, 2010 by bccstall

Vampires are so in right now. Thanks to Stephanie Meyer and her bastard “Twlight” series and the CW show “The Vampire Diaries,”  vampires are the “it” thing at the moment (However, they aren’t a trending topic on Twitter, so take that for what it’s worth.)

With pop culture’s current infatuation with all things Nosferatu, people who are new to the whole vampire thing will obviously have some questions. Fortunately for them, Matt Melvin, co-runner of comedy site Explosm.net, has come up with a “totally factual guide to vampires” titled “Dracula Is A Racist.”

Melvin’s book gives people the “facts” that people must have when it comes to vampires. It’s also gives multiple reasons why zombies suck compared to vampires. From giving the background on such famous vampires as Dracula, Count von Count and Jim Belushi to the many different types of fake vampires (or vampyres, if you want to get technical), Melvin has every single fact (both real and made-up) that you would ever need to know about vampires.

It’s completely understood by everyone involved with this book, from author to publisher to reader that this book isn’t going to rival “The Great Gatsby” or anything but what “Dracula Is A Racist” is, is a highly-entertaining book that you will enjoying. Also, any book that uses the art of footnotes half as good as Bill Simmons or Chuck Klosterman is good in my book.

You can pick this book up on Amazon or any store that sell books. These places are commonly known as bookstores. ***3/4